Mackenzie announced the grant during Spectrum Youth and Family Services recent 4th Annual Empty Bowl Dinner. In addition to the grant, Comcast served as the Presenting Sponsor of the annual fundraiser, which raises proceeds to support the Free Meals Program at Spectrum Youth and Family Services Drop-In Center. Employees at Comcast s Burlington office also held a food drive to benefit the organization, collecting over 500 pounds of food to donate. Comcast is committed to making a difference in the communities where our customers and employees live and work, said Pam Mackenzie, Area Vice President for Comcast in Vermont. We are proud to partner with Spectrum Youth and Family Services to ensure that Burlington s youth receive the job training skills they need to boost their knowledge and confidence, and help them obtain their first job and an opportunity for a successful future. About The Comcast FoundationThe Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 and is the company s chief source of charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs that work to create a positive, sustainable impact within our communities in the areas of volunteerism, literacy and youth leadership development. Since its inception, The Comcast Foundation has donated more than $43 million to organizations in the communities where Comcast serves. More information about The Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com(link is external) click on About, then In the Community. We have seen more young people walk out of doors equipped with the skills to effectively search for employment, interview for appropriate positions, and maintain their job in a professional manner. Thanks to the Comcast Foundation we will be able to serve more youth through this program, said Mark Redmond, Executive Director of Spectrum Youth and Family Services. Since entering Vermont in November 2006, Comcast has aggressively expanded its services across the Green Mountain State, investing in its advanced fiber-optic network to bring broadband services to previously unserved homes and businesses and partnering with local communities. The company has launched a number of its advanced services in nearly three years, including Digital Cable with On Demand, High-Definition Television Service, Digital Video Recorders, Comcast High-Speed Internet service and Comcast Digital Voice. In addition, Comcast has offered programming of special interest to Vermonters. Comcast also assists local non-profit organizations in Vermont with financial, in-kind and employee volunteer support. Comcast serves more than 100,000 customers in Vermont and employs approximately 300 individuals. Spectrum One Stop (SOS), conveniently located on Pearl Street in Burlington, is an emergency youth shelter, drop-in center, and multi-service center, which offers youth, ages 14-21 a comprehensive continuum of services, including education, employment, substance abuse and mental health counseling, and much more. Spectrum Youth and Family Service s goal is to support homeless youth helping them navigate a successful transition to a productive adulthood. More information about Spectrum and our programs is available at www.spectrumvt.org(link is external) About Spectrum Youth and Family ServicesSpectrum has more than 39 years of experience providing housing and support services to homeless, foster, and at-risk youth in Vermont. Spectrum s mission is to work with Vermont youth and families to improve their lives through advocacy, direct services, and a continuum of support, to create a more just and compassionate community. Comcast Cable,Demonstrating the company s commitment to giving back to the communities it serves, the Comcast Foundation today announced it has awarded $30,000 to Spectrum Youth and Family Services, helping the organization fulfill its mission to provide transitional housing and support services to at-risk youth in Burlington. The grant $10,000 a year over three years will enable the organization to assist local young people acquire the skills needed to obtain and retain an entry-level job.The Comcast grant will support Spectrum Youth and Family Services Job Skills Training Program, which helps homeless, foster and at-risk youth between the ages of 14 and 21 obtain, practice and reinforce the skills necessary to obtain and retain an entry-level job. The program, a two-week intensive course that runs 90-minute sessions five days a week, offers job shadowing opportunities, internships and interviews at local businesses for the young people that graduate from it. The funds will help offer 540 class hours of job skills training and provide training for 225 at-risk youth over the next three years. ###
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Safe Center LI, which is located at 15 Grumman Road, Bethpage, was officially unveiled Tuesday.Two like-minded nonprofit agencies that help victims of different types of abuse officially merged Tuesday into The Safe Center LI, a facility where victims of sexual or domestic violence can seek assistance.After about a decade of discussions, the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Coalition Against Child Abuse & Neglect—two agencies that have been around for more than three decades each—combined their resources to create a collaborative program that transforms how they care for victims.“Co-locating would give us the opportunity to coordinate services to families,” said Sandy Oliva, co-executive director of Safe Center LI, who previously served as the executive director of the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The new venture is a “truly mission-driven endeavor,” she said.Safe Center LI’s programs include child advocacy, a 24/7 multilingual hotline, legal counseling, mental health, rape and sexual assault services, emergency and transitional housing, group work services and education outreach.Joining nonprofit officials in announcing the merger was Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, whose wife, Linda, has advocated for the group in the past, and Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, whose office works closely with the group when victims of such crimes turn to the agency for help.“It’s not just about punishing the bad guys and holding them accountable,” Rice said, noting that the collaboration between the two groups provides critical support that her office, and many other governmental organizations cannot provide. “You cannot overstate the significance of a facility like this.”When Rice was first elected in 2005, victims were “shuttled from building to building,” which was “traumatizing to those very vulnerable people,” she said.Safe Center LI officials also touted the work of the Nassau County Police Department, whose Special Victim Squad detectives are housed at the facility. The unit has nine detectives and two supervisors that investigate sexual assault and related cases. An Assistant District Attorney from Rice’s office is also often on site.With the merger official, Safe Center LI will soon begin to focus on sex trafficking and helping the county monitor sex offenders, said Cynthia Scott, co-director of Safe Center LI, and the former executive director of the Coalition Against Child Abuse & Neglect.The overall goal is to be a safe haven to all people, no matter race, gender or age, officials said.Though it’s located in Nassau, the group’s directors said Suffolk County residents are welcome to call the hotline and seek out help, but they may be better off reaching out to similar agencies in Suffolk, especially if a crime has been committed.One such group, the Suffolk County Child Advocacy Center at The Mary & Pat Bagnato Place for Kids, similarly aids families and victims of abuse on eastern Long Island.Safe Center LI is located at 15 Grumman Road, Bethpage, NY.